The internet is a fantastic development and has changed the way we live our everyday lives. We use it daily for lots of different reasons – finding information, keeping in touch with people to even online shopping!
Children really love to use the internet for many things (and sometimes can be even better at using it than us!) Just as we keep our children safe when crossing the road or teaching them not to talk to strangers, it is also important to teach them how to keep themselves safe on the internet.
At Frodingham Infant School, we teach our children e-safety where they learn how to keep themselves safe online and what to do if they have any concerns about content or contact. We can only continue to be successful in keeping our children safe if we work with parents to make sure the e-safety message is consistent. We encourage parents to speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
Link: Parental Controls
Who to Trust
Children enjoy using the internet to keep in touch with friends and to play games with other people. There are a growing number of sites set up for this to let younger children do this, such as Moshi Monsters and Club Penguin. On these websites, children may also interact with people they haven't actually met. Since anyone online can pretend to be someone that they're not, there's a risk that your child or children might be maliciously targeted by others. So, just apply the same rules that you would in the playground and supervise children when they are using the Internet to ensure that they're safe and not coming into close contact with anyone that you wouldn't trust as a parent.
Many children regularly use the Internet to help them with their homework, for entertainment or to talk to their friends. It also means that they are also able to use Google to search for and find out anything that they wish (if filtering is not in place), so it is important that they know, just like in real-life, what the boundaries are and what they can and can't do on the web.
Most Internet providers offer a free filtering service, which can restrict what your children can access on the web at home, to find out more click the parental control image link to the left.
What can you do?
The most important thing is that you talk about Internet safety with your child; that they know and understand both the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet and how to stay safe when using it.
If you are unsure or have any concerns, there are many resources out there to help you (see the Resources links below). Also, please feel free to speak to any member of staff who will be more than happy to help.
E-Safety Co-Ordinator and Computing Co-Ordinator.